North American Beaver

The North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is found across much of British Columbia. They live in lakes, ponds, marshes, wetlands and rivers. Beavers are known as a keystone species; a species that influences the rest of its ecosystem often to the benefit of some other species. Some ecologists believe that there were once many more wetlands and marshes and less free-flowing water in North America before the fur trade and pest control severely impacted beaver populations.


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